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Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun

April 1 – May 1, 2021
 

Harper's Chelsea
534 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10011

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Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun

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Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view
Joani Tremblay: The whole time, the sun - install view

Harper’s is pleased to present The whole time, the sun, Montreal-based artist Joani Tremblay’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will feature a selection of new paintings by Tremblay, created throughout the Montreal winter. Harper’s Chelsea is open to the public from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Joani Tremblay mines virtual, physical, utopian, remembered, and real places to create composited landscape and skyscape paintings in oil. In these works, idyllic expanses are framed by fragments of domestic and built environments such as thresholds and plants. Sun-soaked and imbued with the transcendentalist spirit and tenor of the American modernists of the Southwest, their work oscillates between representation and abstraction. Tremblay’s worlds activate an illusory median where perception and schemata are distilled to form new psychological oases.

The whole time, the sun is the title of a poem by Sarah Burgoyne, itself borrowed from a translation of Albert Camus’ The Stranger; each subsequent stanza is channeled from Camus and Sara Ahmed, a leading postcolonial feminist theorist. By means of refraction and recontextualization, the framework of the exhibition suggests a recursive reorientation and existential incantation. Grounded in the words of their peers and forbears, Tremblay affirms their conceptual genealogy, finding oxygen by untangling and reweaving sticky notions of place in relation to the social. Invoking Camus via Burgoyne: “The day, already bright with sun, hit me like a slap in the face.”

Please join Harper’s on Friday, April 16th at 2 pm EST on Instagram Live for a virtual poetry reading by Sarah Burgoyne, followed by an exhibition walk-through and Q&A with Tremblay. Follow @harpersbooks on Instagram for updates.
 

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Joani Tremblay, You were not born here but this is where you belong, 2021

Joani Tremblay
You were not born here but this is where you belong
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, How do you own the sun?, 2021

Joani Tremblay
How do you own the sun?
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, Cymbals of sunlight crashing, 2021

Joani Tremblay
Cymbals of sunlight crashing
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, Approach the light slantwise, 2021

Joani Tremblay
Approach the light slantwise
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, You are no longer in March, 2021

Joani Tremblay
You are no longer in March
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, Lemons are fussy, needing water, light, 2021

Joani Tremblay
Lemons are fussy, needing water, light
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, You were not born here but this is where you belong, 2021

Joani Tremblay
You were not born here but this is where you belong
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, How do you own the sun?, 2021

Joani Tremblay
How do you own the sun?
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, Cymbals of sunlight crashing, 2021

Joani Tremblay
Cymbals of sunlight crashing
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, Approach the light slantwise, 2021

Joani Tremblay
Approach the light slantwise
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, You are no longer in March, 2021

Joani Tremblay
You are no longer in March
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Joani Tremblay, Lemons are fussy, needing water, light, 2021

Joani Tremblay
Lemons are fussy, needing water, light
2021
Oil on linen
48 x 40 in

Bio - Joani

Photo: Amanda Jasnowski Pascual

Joani Tremblay (b. 1984, Montreal, Canada) earned an MFA from Concordia University in 2017. Tremblay’s work has been exhibited at venues across North America and internationally, including Harper’s, New York and East Hampton (2021 and 2020); Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery, Brussels (2020); Interstate, Brooklyn (2019); Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto (2019 and 2018); Pony Sugar, Stockholm (2017); and 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo (2014). Their work has been acquired by numerous public collections, including the Montreal Municipal Art Collection, Montreal; RBC Corporate Collection, Toronto; and Tricon Capital Group, Toronto. Tremblay has participated in residencies in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Tokyo, and is currently in residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn. Most recently, they received awards from Canada Council for the Arts and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Tremblay is represented by Harper’s; they currently live and work in Montreal, Canada.